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Collins McNicholas

Responsibilities:

 

  • Working with Purchasing group to developing the strategic direction of the brand and products in a range of categories through improving the range and quality of purchases.
  • Sourcing new suppliers of quality products and negotiating with existing accounts and new suppliers with a view to maximising sales and margin always.
  • Selection, approval and management of vendors for the supply of goods for resale completing all contracts and supply agreements. 
  • Analysing and evaluating purchasing/ sales trends, and identifying and exploiting opportunities and addressing gaps in the product range
  • Maintenance of material inventories within agreed KPIs, while minimising excess, obsolete and expired products.
  • Generating buying range plans for all categories to meet forecasted demands and sales orders.
  • Manage a team of buyers and administrators, to ensure the availability of product to meet sales demand.
  • Analysing consumer buying patterns and predicting future trends; regularly reviewing performance indicators with sales.
  • Participating in promotional activities of suppliers and organising product training for staff.
  • Writing reports and sales forecasts, and analysing sales figures.
  • Review customer offerings and refine / develop sustainable customer solutions to provide true points of difference and added value. Find a better way, harnessing creative ideas and promoting agility, in a quality driven “customer focused” environment.
  • Training and mentoring staff
  • Ensuring all prices are accurately maintained on all IT systems as agreed and negotiated with supplier base.
  • Accurately maintaining product and pricing catalogues
  • Lead team commitment, flexibility and capability. Foster personal and professional development. Promote learning, respect and support for each other to achieve individual, team and organisational goals.
  • Monitor and review performance against agreed plans and budgets, taking prompt and appropriate action to correct any shortfalls in performance. 
  • Review operating systems, procedures and practices on an ongoing basis, recommending any changes to improve operational effectiveness and efficiency to reduce costs. 

 Requirements:

 

As well as previous experience in buying the successful candidate should:

  • Be a buying professional with a successful management track record in a busy trading environment
  • Be commercially aware, with a thorough understanding of modern progressive purchasing concepts
  • Have demonstrated experience of working in a similar role and be able to demonstrate a track record of driving a business forward.
  • Experience in delivering range presentations; incorporating a financial and strategic perspective to a varied audience including senior teams.
  • Have experience or insight into the Category Management function and work to increase sales through effective category/space management practices.
  • Have experience in Range planning – category review process
  • Supplier strategy – demonstrate understanding of the process and previous successes
  • Ability to work to stock budgets whilst delivering Sales and Margin Budgets.
  • Have excellent leadership skills combined with a hands-on approach
  • Be customer focused with excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Be self-motivated and prepared to be flexible when the occasion demands
  • Have a degree or similar qualification in Purchasing / Business / Retail
  • Be numerate and IT literate, and advanced with the following software packages (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)

 

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